Whether a full-time Whistler resident, weekender, or tourist passing by, there are a handful of iconic Whistler landmarks that make picture post-card memories. If you’ve yet to visit, or have not yet added these shots to your photo collection, why not snap some memories from these recognizable spots in Whistler. Not only will they provide the perfect backdrop to some stunning photos, they will naturally evoke that cheek to cheek grin.
The Inukshuk, which is a native symbol which identifies landmarks and waterholes, became famous in Whistler around the same time as the Winter 2010 Olympics. This meaningful symbol was the signature emblem of the Olympic games which has deep significance for the people of Whistler, both indigenous and non-indigenous. The iconic Inukshuks can be found at the entrance to Whistler Village as a welcoming symbol for all who arrive to the resort town. At the top of the Whistler Village Gondola there is another Inukshuk perched on a cliff overlooking the mountain ranges. This is one of the favourite mountain-top photo spots in Whistler.
The Whistler Olympic Rings which stand proudly near Olympic Village have to be the most popular photo-op spot in all of Whistler. It’s hard to miss these beaming Olympic Rings which stand over twelve feet tall at the North end of Whistler Village. There is also another set of Olympic Rings on the Dave Murray Downhill Run on Whistler Mountain. These rings are green in colour and were meant to celebrate the 2010 Olympics which were the ‘greenest’ most environmentally conscious games at the time.
The Black Tusk is one of the most distinguishable mountains in BC. The ‘Tusk’ which reaches to heights of 2,319m above sea level can be viewed from a variety of places in the Sea to Sky Corridor. On sunny, cloudless days the landmark is visible far in the distance. For the best photo of the Black Tusk a hike up to Garibaldi Lake is required. This is about a 3-hour intermediate-advanced hike which will bring you to a crystal clear blue lake from which the Tusk is clearly visible. Some other great vantage points to photograph the Black Tusk include the top of Whistler Mountain or from Squamish, the top of the Stawamus Chief.
The photo-worthy Brandywine Falls is worth the stop on the drive to Whistler. Located about 10 minutes south of Whistler, it’s a short 10-minute easy walk to the viewing platform where Brandywine Falls can be admired. The beautiful waterfall encapsulates everything you’d want in a stunning waterfall setting. Jagged rock-faces surrounding a pristine yet powerful waterfall, which plummets into an unspoiled glacial fed river. This magnificent display of nature’s finest beauty just begs a frame-worthy photo.
Peak 2 Peak
The famous Peak 2 Peak gondola is another spot to add to your Whistler photo bucket-list. Take the Whistler Village Gondola to mid-station and then step inside the world-record setting Peak 2 Peak; the longest unsupported span in the world which carries you from Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb Mountain. The 360 degree mountain views are spectacular and if you’re not too nervous to look down, the view to the Valley floor is equally impressive. For ultimate photo opportunities wait for the silver gondola which has a glass bottom!
Lost Lake in the summer time is the ultimate Whistler photo. The azure blue waters, surrounded by mountain-scapes and dotted with happy sun worshipers always makes a memorable photo. You can walk the circumference of the lake for different vantage points. In the winter, Lost Lake provides some great cross country skiing and is an ideal place for a picture getting the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb in the background.
The Village Bridges
Whistler Village is always bursting with activities and the Village bridges are one of the most popular places to stop, take in the atmosphere, and snap up some photos. The bridges connect the North and South Village and are easy to find on the Village stroll. Whether strolling from the slopes to Apres, stopping at shops or walking the dog, make sure to stop at the Whistler Village Bridges for an iconic Whistler photo.
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